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12 month period[edit]

This definition was removed:

  • Any period of twelve months.

First, a "month" is not an accurate measure of time. Even taking a very modern, Western view of the world, by today's practices 12 months can easily be anything from 360 to 366 days, and arguably outside of that range as well. If this definition is supposed to mean a certain amount of time, then it would be redundant in the first place, and it should not be stated in terms of months, which is not "exact" in any shape or form.

Furthermore, not all calendars use 12 months. Some lunar calendars still in use have leap years with 13 months, and certainly the possibilities are much more varied. If this relates to a calendar month then it should be rewritten to state more precisely whatever the intent is. Davilla 15:30, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

You're probably right. I didn't have a clue where my example sentence should have appeared. — Vildricianus 15:42, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

A level or grade in school or college.[edit]

like a translation into Spanish from "year" at least in Chile (country where I live) is "año" alike, and so I add it. In other countries it is "grado" (grade).

How to pronounce some numbers when they express a year?[edit]

  • 2000 - two thousand
  • 2001 - two thousand one
  • 1999 - nineteen ninety-nine
  • 1909 - nineteen oh nine, oh nine, ought nine
  • 1901 - nineteen oh one, oh one, ought one
  • 1900 - nineteen hundred
  • 1800 - eighteen hundred
  • 1700 - seventeen hundred
  • 1600 - sixteen hundred
  • ...
  • 1100 - eleven hundred
  • 1099 - ten ninety-nine
  • 1000 - year one thousand
  • 999 - year nine ninety-nine
  • etc...

I know 1990s and 1980s are nineteen nineties and nineteen eighties. But what about 1900s, 1910s, 1800s, etc, 1000s, 100s, 10s?

Thanks in advance. Ferike333 09:56, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

the nineteen hundreds (it means the whole century, not the first ten years), the nineteen tens, the eighteen hundreds, 1000s = the eleventh century (one cannot say "the one thousands"), 100s = the first milenium (can’t say "the hundreds"), 10s = year one to year ten. This is how I would say them. —Stephen 10:34, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, the 10s would rather be between 10 and 20, and the 100s are properly "the second century". – Krun 10:54, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Actually between 10 and 19. Mglovesfun (t) 10:57, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks a much to y'all. Ferike333 15:15, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Vernal Equinox Year[edit]

Our current definition based on the mean tropical year has been occasionally used in the ancient past, but most definitions of a year throughout history, certainly in those cultures influenced by the Abrahamic religions, have defined a year as the time between vernal equinoxes, currently 365.2424 days. Would anyone object to this slight change in the definition? Dbfirs 23:01, 15 January 2015 (UTC)